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C J Henderson are a small boutique building company that pride themselves on retaining the highest standards of workmanship and flexibility through the construction period to ensure their clients get the end product they deserve. For their Jan Juc project, key considerations in construction had to be worked through to manage the multiple junctions between old and new, for a seamless transition and relationship.
The design documentation specified key alignments of rooflines, walls, pitching points and internal timber linings between old and new. A datum line was set up to carry the existing floor and roof levels through the building, while the ceiling was pitched exactly from this datum line with highlight glazing starting from the existing ceiling. The connection between the new garage and existing roofline had to be married, along with the courtyard and west elevation of the building.
Michael obtained a Bachelor Degree in Business from Swinburne University in 2010. Since graduating, he has worked for IDI Builders as a project manager, and Crema Constructions, and Trio Construct, as an estimator.
Since 2006, he has worked for his father as a carpenter, and eventually took over the business in 2017, becoming a director of Milara Building and Development. He has worked on projects which include high end residential homes and many residential multi-unit and mixed-use apartment complexes.
Michael is a very well accomplished, composed, polite, well-spoken, articulate and confident young professional builder, who links challenges to a logical and systematic process that aims to achieve client expectations. He is aided by modern technology in all areas of the industry including marketing through social media, estimating, project control, quality control (VR System) and OH&S (QR and “Alert Me” Systems). He leads his project team to ensure timely works delivery, whilst providing support and strategic guidance to his team. He encourages his team to undertake more training and to step up and take on more responsibilities. He leads by example, and is a great advocate of change involving technology to improve and make the industry more efficient and with better client satisfaction outcomes. Michael strives to professionally improve himself and other builders in his network through regular and local builder forums. He is to be commended as the 2020 Residential Young Builder of the Year.
Located just three minutes from the centre of Bendigo, this home has been designed to entertain and accommodate a growing family while providing the owners with a functional and appealing residence. Hidden from the street frontage, the clients have created a unique, striking, functional and high-quality home. Upon entry into the extension,,you cannot help but appreciate the thought that went into the design and the workmanship. The combination of claddings, glazing and design define the extension and the quality of the kitchen benchtops, cabinets and appliances provide a certain ‘wow factor’ to an already impressive room complemented by the hidden pantry.
Pre renovation, this project was an original 1970's architecturally designed home. Builders have taken a considered approach by carrying out extensive work, yet maintaining the alluring character of the home. Maximising the unobstructed view towards Mount Dandenong, the split-level design home has been retained with the addition of modern finishes to make the residence relevant for many years to come. The home flows through a formal entry surrounded by warm timber cladding, opening up to a spacious living and dining area. With an integrated kitchen (including a dining area that opens up to a large balcony), the residence also boasts four bedrooms and a stylish bathroom; as well as a pool and deck area ideal for entertaining.
On the ground floor, the new addition comprises a main bathroom and European-style laundry, a built-in play area to the upper floor and an open-plan kitchen, living and dining area opening out to a brick deck. A heated concrete feature slab - split between the hallway timber floor and the carpeted nook underneath the steel staircaseseparates the home into zones. Upstairs, a light court allows natural light down to the ground floor. The upper level is designed as a box-like structure clad in Lysaght metal cladding in Colorbond 'Mangrove' with a curved wall to the bedroom and bathroom facing the rear garden. Clever use of space, materials and colour have created a functional and lively home the owners love.
This project involved the significant renovation of an existing 1940s brick-joined home in a heritage subdivision on an unusually shaped block. The new section of the home was set off the existing rooms with a glazed connection and bridge link. This created a clear delineation between the new and old house, to enable a respectful heritage response. To enable a light filled sunny north west aspect to the garden and connection with the internal living spaces, the house hugs the south and east boundary. A double height void over the dining area allows light to penetrate and warm the home, and, opens up a seamless connection to the significant existing trees on site. The combination of raw insitu concrete, black zinc, white joinery and warm timber provides a sophisticated modern and homely pallate.
The scope of works for this project, was a very clear vision from the outset. The owners wanted to retain the existing brick veneer, single-storey residence but, in essence, ended up with a home that felt like a new build. This was achieved by taking the existing ceiling heights and making this a visual line that continued out to the northern extension. The use of natural timber was the main detail, with recycled black butt vertical wall battens used as external cladding to block some sections of the house. A burnished heated concrete floor and large timber pivot doors were also installed - adding to the house’s charm.
The project involved the refurbishment and extension of an original Victorian mansion opposite Fitzroy Gardens. The ground floor had most recently been used as commercial office space, so rooms were changed from offices and boardrooms to kitchens, living and sitting rooms. The basement was converted from a disused storage space to a fully fitted 35sq m wine cellar. On the first floor many walls were removed to open up larger bedrooms, bathrooms and incorporate a new laundry. The challenge of relocating openings, walls and fireplaces was significant due to the double and triple brick walls throughout. The main stairwell had a void cut into it to bring light across all three levels.
The ‘Valerian 25’ display home showcases the Simonds Xpress home offering. Customers can build their design online and Xpress homes offer a 20-week build time (conditions apply). The display is traditional and efficient, using smart design elements to keep costs down. However, the end result is a beautiful, liveable home with four large bedrooms and multiple living zones. This display keeps it simple and affordable – but shows how easily an Xpress home can be customised to meet your lifestyle. Options include adding cabinetry, enclosing the living spaces and adding an alfresco, meaning the customer can invest in the spaces that matter most to them.
The Livingston by Simonds Homes at Diggers Rest is the ultimate first family home. The facade is a showstopper with its grey feature bricks and striking blacks, setting the tone for a beautiful family residence. The home boasts a spacious meals and family hub that leads outside to the alfresco; as well as an extra lounge or theatre space to the front of the home. Storage is critical to functionality, so there is extra storage next to the laundry and main bathroom, exactly where it's needed. The finishing materials reflect a monochromatic palette, with thoughtful touches of rich texture - such as the timber wall panelling in the dining zone.
The Tribeca has been subtly, yet still elegantly, tailored to the modern family. Space has been specifically refined with today’s living in mind and, in the process, does not sacrifice style or elegant charm. This home also features 7-star energy efficiency and certification which is exceptionally notable while including bi-fold doors and large windows. It is this open-plan design that is abundant with space, light, vibrancy and fresh air. With its seamless flow from outdoor entertaining to indoor dining, and the cleverly designed living spaces, there is certainly ‘something for everyone’ with the Tribeca design.
The scope of works was to design and construct a single storey, four-bedroom display home that suits a 14m x 32m block. The design of the residence reflects Arden's philosophy to provide homes for buyers wanting to step up to a new level in design, inclusions and value. A prime consideration was to maximise the solar aspect of the block and ensure an abundance of natural light into the home. The design considers balancing the ease of construction and cost-effectiveness while still delivering an exceptional home. A primary consideration was to provide a well-designed residence with high visual impact, while avoiding overly complex construction techniques.
The flow of a home is extremely important and a clever design can look and feel much larger than it really is. No wasted space is paramount to a great design, which was achieved with the Hampton. The hub of the residence is the open-plan living area where the kitchen and butlers pantry will excite all home cooks; and the adjoining alfresco will satisfy outdoor entertainment enthusiasts. The kids will spend hours of enjoyment in the theatre room and hopefully sufficient time completing their homework at the study nook. On the first floor, there are four spacious bedrooms (each has its own ensuite) and a grand master bedroom with its own balcony and luxurious ensuite with walk-in wardrobe.
Quality was a key to bringing the design to life. Setting the lofty bar for grand and opulent family living, with immaculate luxury and stunning attention to detail, this brand new five-bedroom (and study), 5.5-bathroom oasis is a ‘residential tour de force’.. Breathtaking on all fronts, and boasting exquisite detail including beautiful American Oak parquetry flooring, soft-wool carpet, sleek stone surfaces, and premium tapware, this marvellous abode is sure to impress all. Superb downstair’s living zones include an expansive formal sitting room, dedicated home cinema, an open-plan formal dining with an airy void adding a sense of grandeur to the space, and open-plan central family and meals zones.
This block was elevated to capture uninterrupted city views, with a strong street presence, and a unique design, featuring a counter levered timber lined porch, matrix feature column, corner glass window to study, and big picture window to master with render elements, matrix and pewter bricks. The design works perfectly for the 338sq m block. The north-facing alfresco helps to light the living quarters during the course of the day , and boasts a 60mm Stone bench top continuing to BBQ alfresco with waterfalls and timber slate ceiling Other features of this home include an oversized kitchen with double over head cupboards, stone benchtop and splashback, and quality porcelain tiling in the ensuite and main bathroom
Mid-century architecture forms the basis of the design inspiration for this home, which features a contemporary aesthetic, with an emphasis on function and form. The entry features extensive glazing and opens directly onto the main living, kitchen, dining area with the design focusing on maximising the functionality of the space. Floor-to-ceiling glazing to the south captures the impressive views of the rolling Gippsland hills. The home features split-level living, with two living areas, three bedrooms and is a testament to the principle that ‘bigger is not necessarily better and that large spaces do not always equate to great design’, but more clearly that clever design and clean simple lines can provide superior, stylish and sophisticated family living.
Designed with the location and the climate of the area in mind, a critical element was to make use of the northerly aspect of the block with full-height commercial windows and doors to maximise the winter sunand to flood the entire house with natural light. Hit-and-miss brickwork has been designed into the exterior to capture the sea breeze and air flow, while burnished concrete floors throughout increase the thermal mass of the sun entering from the north. Especially designed to the client’s needs, a functional layout includes minimal hallways and corridors, creating a flow through the home’s two-bed, one-studio, two-living and two-bathroom design.
This clever design allows for a 4500mm raked ceiling to the entry and main living area, giving a grand, light-filled and airy feeling of pure openness. The dining and living rooms open externally to the back yard and courtyard area by parallel doors and windows, making a truly luxurious feeling of space. The kitchen interior is timeless in colour selections and provides an abundance of bench space, while the butler’s pantry forms a strong part of the kitchen, hosting the only sink and dishwasher to the space. The adjoining alfresco instantly enriches the functionality of the home, a bi-parting 3.2-metre wide sliding door opens from the dining to the alfresco creating the indoor-outdoor entertaining connection.
To meet the owners’ brief and price point, builders designed a home that was both cost-effective and also stunning in its simplicity. Offering a clever floorplan that consists of a basement garage and foyer at ground level and four bedrooms, the home also has three luxury bathrooms and a breakout area on the first floor. Head up the striking steel stringer staircase to the showpiece top floor where every inch of the 150sq m of living area captures stunning views of the city. The butler’s pantry and minimalist modern kitchen creates a sense of freedom to flow effortlessly from the private rear alfresco through the living space to the outdoor room.
The design on this block was obviously one of the key focuses on the build. Wanting to utilise the easterly views over the Yarra Valley, the builder ensured that every area of the home was utilised in a sense that it would benefit each family member. The other concept of this design was the impressive facade and external materials - this was the ‘wow factor’. The cantilever design provides a great impact which is enhanced by the color selections and finishes.
The double-height entry façade treatment is cleverly designed - allowing for maximum northern light to light up the polished concrete flooring and steps. These are beautifully warmed by in-floor hydronic heating. The split-level design works seamlessly with the fall of the land and custom-designed commercial grade window sections allow for maximum light. The interior fit out complements this modern home with high-level finishes throughout (especially the bathroom areas). Kitchen appliances are fitted beautifully into custom-design cabinetry and the natural timber staircase is crafted to a high standard with the use of patch fit frameless glass balustrading. A master suite is located on the ground floor and three children’s bedrooms (on the first floor) share a common living space and bathroom.
The home itself was designed by Wolveridge Architects to maximise on the use of Australian hardwood timbers, recycled red bricks and also materials selected for longevity, integrity and environmental hardiness. . The design is one of contemporary simplicity, it uses special materials both internally and externally to create bespoke spaces and the orientation ensures every room considers views out to the property. The living areas of the home provide for entertainment spaces which the owners adore; and the outdoor living spaces guarantee the owners can be outside in all seasons. . The home sits beautifully on the site and simple lawns, trees and rock walls, assist in connecting the home to its natural surroundings.
JARtB House reconnects the abandoned notion that art and architecture are separate techne. Part house and part art gallery, art is used to connect, inform and program space. The project incorporated a complex stepped concrete facade and wall system with a large circular cut out for the entry which presented many constructability complexities. The glass façade and windows system were developed in conjunction with the glazier, window contractor, builder and architect. Motorised windows and curtains, heating/cooling, lighting, security cameras, solar/battery storage, pool and irrigation and audio visual components were all seamlessly integrated into the construction with assistance of speciality home automation and electrician experts.
Anthony Larne Constructions was presented with challenges and restrictions when executing this project in Prahran. From arranging the demolition of the existing dwelling and the building and construction of two triple-storey townhouses on an extremely challenging site (less than 420sq m in size) which was also located in a stormwater inundation overlay. Despite all the challenges, the project was able to remain on schedule, within budget and executed to an impeccable standard. With a focus on sustainability, the development features underground rainwater tanks, solar panels on the roof level, recycled rainwater for toilet flushing, a 6-star energy rating and double-glazed commercial-framed windows throughout.
The quality of this construction was particularly high-end and elegant, as the clients specifically wanted exquisite, premium finishes to ensure the house would be sustainable and durable. The builders only selected the best, reliable materials that are timeless in aesthetic for this project - everything from the gorgeous timber used for the bold, feature staircase to the white floating basin installed in the lush bathroom. The design was very minimalist, featuring crisp white spaces, charcoal fixtures, beautifully constructed timber staircases and the use of bold feature walls. The design was particularly one-of-a-kind custom for these luxurious, high-end townhouses.
Tycorp Construction specialises in high-quality, multi-unit residential and commercial projects. For this development they used existing materials common to the area including brick, render and weatherboard lightweight structures. Framed double-height voids were finished externally in smooth concrete, punctuating the finer-grained textural charred-timber facades. At their upper levels, outdoor living zones complement this enriched ground plane experience. Modulating balcony depths (again finished in textured charred timber), overlook the street to embrace and enhance their local environ. Additionally, the project includes underground rainwater harvesting, solar panels and electric car charging.
The project is made up of eight four-level townhouses and seven apartments with the townhouses constructed within the tight confines of boundaries on three sides and a 90-year-old brick building to the other side. There is a two-level basement (with a 27-space car-stacking system), subterranean rumpus rooms, three levels of living spaces and a rooftop terrace to each. The townhouse facades are a glazed curtain wall system with a bespoke timber and steel screen over. All 15 dwellings feature high-quality flooring, tiles, stone, joinery and fittings. The finishes and quality of construction are akin to a custom, one-off home and exceeded the clients’ and consultants’ expectations.
The sustainable design began by taking into consideration the geographical orientation of the block and local weather patterns to maximise the north-facing aspect of the compact allotment. From here, the final result included features such as the living room and bedrooms receiving warm winter sun and gable ceilings in the living room that give a sense of space and openness connecting to the exterior deck. Blackbutt flooring has been used as it is a preferred sustainable choice for its durability, strength and quick regenerative qualities. Bathroom, kitchen and laundry tapware were carefully selected for their WELS rating adding to the overall sustainable building techniques.
This stunning kitchen features a 5m long island bench with breakfast bar servery, a large double sink, brodware matt-black fixtures, Caesar stone benchtops and splash back, and custom wood-matt joinery with finger-pull detailing. Construct Melbourne is a family-owned and operated, client-focused residential building company that specialises in renovations and extensions in Melbourne's inner-south.
Calacatta marble wraps the substantial kitchen island and finishes, kitchen benchtops and splashbacks, and bespoke white emporite joinery integrates high-end Miele appliances. The substantial island bench provides an expansive work area and a breakfast/snack bar, while a fridge/freezer and appliances are carefully integrated within the cupboard areas with automatic drawer-opening systems to minimise visual clutter while also maximising the feeling of space. This, combined with the use of light colours, ensures the kitchen is an integral part of the living and dining area. The large adjoining scullery features a second suite of Miele appliances; as well as a Husky bar fridge and abundant preparation and storage space. Storage is also hidden via a functionally located walk-in-pantry.
Separated from the home’s formal lounge by provincial French doors, this light and lavish kitchen features opulent marble benchtops and classic shaker style cabinetry. Alongside top of the range appliances, an equally well-appointed butler’s pantry highlights the unparalleled luxury of the space.
The brief was to create a luxurious and stylish bathroom, while ensuring that the room showcased a sense of spaciousness. The finishes on the various surfaces were to assist in reflecting light within the space and the use of clean lines is shown in the design of the vanity unit and shower screen. The tiles on the walls and floors were selected to accentuate a seamless finish and the colours of the materials chosen were to instill a sense of timelessness in that they are both classical, yet modern. The whites and soft greys (complemented with black accents) are ageless. The bathrooms feature wall-hung vanities with floor-to-ceiling porcelain tiles, frameless shower screens and quality tapware - all creating a luxurious feel.
The main bedroom ensuite has been designed to exude luxury and sophistication, and is in keeping with the home’s striking classical aesthetic - incorporating luxury stone finishes, marble benchtops and emporite cabinets. The striking New York marble carefully grain-matched tiling flows over the floors and to full height on the walls. The ensuite is entered via a pair of centrally located feature double doors and includes a striking black and white palette with black designer tapware. His and her vanities, located on either side of the doors, define the space. Expansive full-width mirrors behind the vanities (matched to full-height mirrored shaving cabinets above) expand the space, while the modern stylish freestanding oval bath forms the central feature.
This bathroom reflects the luxury of the display home; the elegant bathroom includes wall to ceiling feature tiles, a free-standing bath which sits opposite a classically opulent, marble-topped vanity. Additionally, the bathroom includes a rainfall shower and provincial-style cabinetry storage.